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Silva on Bournemouth, Afcon and Jimenez

Marissa Thomas, BBC Sport

Marco Silva has been speaking to the media before they face Bournemouth on Saturday.

Here are the main lines from his news conference:

  • Silva ruled Raul Jimenez and Kenny Tete out, adding: "Kenny's feeling something in his Achilles, nothing really serious. He can be ready for the next one. Raul will be longer, more than one month for sure."

  • Armando Broja is fine "to start or be on the bench" tomorrow after picking up a knock against Burnley.

  • On facing Bournemouth: "It's a really difficult challenge. [They are a] very good side. They didn't start well in the Premier League but when they started to get good results that lifted their confidence. [They're a] team that likes to press strong and really high if they can. They have a striker [Dominic Solanke] that can punish teams. They are always a threat. We have to always control the game and express ourselves."

  • He was disappointed by Fulham's comprehensive defeat at Vitality Stadium on Boxing Day and intends to put that right: "We want to have a completely different performance. We want to do our maximum to play as best as we can to win the game. We have to play much, much better. It's not about Bournemouth's form, it's much more about ourselves."

  • On Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey being away with Nigeria who have reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations: "Mixed feelings. Of course we are happy and pleased for them, important moment for them both and their country. For us, as a club it's not been good. It's been a long time for us without two key players who have been so important since they joined in the summer.

  • More on Iwobi: "From the first moment, he has been so crucial for us. I would prefer to have them here with us. At the same time, I am pleased for them because it is important for their country and from a personal point of view."

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